The Hearing Aid Compatibility Act of 1988 (HAC)

The Hearing Aid Compatibility Act of 1988 (HAC Act), requires that all ‘essential’ telephones and wireless telecommunications devices manufactured or imported for use in the United States must be hearing aid compatible according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Users with hearing devices such as hearing aids or cochlear implants may experience interference or a type of feedback when using or in close proximity to wireless devices.

To ensure the compatibility of the hearing devices with wireless products, an industry standardized rating system was devised to aid users in finding the most beneficial device that provides the best quality of audible clarity with the least interference.

The ratings should be looked at as a guide or referencing aid and not as a guarantee as the results for each user will vary according to their respective hearing device and individual degree of hearing loss.

Not all wireless devices are rated.  Wireless devices that are rated will have the rating displayed on the box along with other relevant information.

For best results, it is recommended that users with a hearing device consult a medical professional for evaluation before purchasing or testing a wireless device.

Ratings

According to the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standard C63.19 there are two sets of standardized ratings for digital handsets.

An ‘M’ and ‘T’ rating are used to determine the value of likely interference or immunity of a wireless device in compatibility to a hearing device based on a level of numerical value from 1-4.

An ‘M’ rating is determined by the reduced radio frequency interference to enable acoustic coupling with hearing aids that do not operate in telecoil mode.

A ‘T’ rating is determined by the reduced radio frequency interference to enable inductive coupling with hearing aids that operate in telecoil mode. 

To be considered hearing aid-compatible, a digital wireless handset for acoustic coupling must meet a requirement of ‘M3” under the ANSI standard and ‘T3’ for inductive coupling.

Types of Phones Offered by CWW

PDAs (smartphones) generally have advanced features such as expandable memory, enhanced camera, Bluetooth, video, Internet access, touch screen UI, faster processing, email, full QWERTY keypads, and in many cases Windows Office Mobile, to meet the demands of mobile business professionals and consumers.

High-Tier Phones have features for demanding users, including Bluetooth, Internet access capability, increased RAM storage or expandable memory, high-resolution color display, enhanced camera/video capability, and music/MP3 player functionality.  They typically feature a modern, sleek design, often are slider form factor.

Mid-Tier Phones may have a camera, Bluetooth, or Internet access capability, but are less likely to offer video/music/media player capability.  Design is typically less stylish, tends to be clamshell or flip form factor.

Low-Tier Phones offer basic wireless telephone features, may not have a camera, Bluetooth, or Internet access capability, and generally lack such features MP3 players and expandable memory.  Typically utilitarian design suitable for customers using voice/text only, tends to be flip or bar form factor.

This phone has been tested and rated for use with hearing aids for some of the wireless technologies that it uses. However, there may be some newer wireless technologies used in this phone that have not been tested yet for use with hearing aids. It is important to try the different features of this phone thoroughly and in different locations, using your hearing aid or cochlear implant, to determine if you hear any interfering noise. Consult your service provider or the manufacturer of this phone for information on hearing aid compatibility. If you have questions about return or exchange policies, consult your service provider or phone retailer.

For more information on the requirements for Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) for digital wireless devices, log on to the FCC’s site at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/hac_wireless.html .

A list of current and previously sold Carolina West Wireless handsets and their HAC rating can be found in the table below.

 

MANUFACTURER

TIER

MODEL

FCC ID NUMBER

AIR INTERFACE

FREQUENCY BANDS

HAC RATING

Wi-Fi

Alcatel

Mid

909b

RAD210

CDMA

800 / 1900

M3/T3

YES

Alcatel

PDA

960c

RAD278

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T3

Yes

Apple

PDA

iPhone 4

BCG-E2422A

CDMA

800/1900

M4/T4

Yes

Apple

PDA

iPhone 4

BCG-E2422B

CDMA

800/1900

M4/T4

Yes

Apple

PDA

iPhone 4S

BCG-E2430A

CDMA

800/1900

M4/T4

Yes

Apple

PDA

iPhone 5

BCG-E2599A

CDMA

800/1900

M4/T4

Yes

Apple

High

iPhone 5s

BCG-E2642A

CDMA

800/1900

M3/T4

Yes

Apple

PDA

iPhone 5c

BCG-E2644A

CDMA

800/1900

M3/T4

Yes

Axesstel

Low

MV 241

PH7MV241

CDMA

800 / 1900

N/A

NO

BlackBerry

PDA

9630

L6ARCF70CW

CDMA

800 / 1900

M3

NO

BlackBerry

PDA

9550

L6ARCK70CW

CDMA

800 / 1900

M3

YES

BlackBerry

PDA

8530

L6ARCL20CW

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T4

YES

BlackBerry

PDA

Monaco

L6ARDH70CW

CDMA

800 / 1900

M3/T3

YES

BlackBerry

PDA

Monaco

L6ARDH70CW

CDMA

800 / 1900

M3/T3

YES

BlackBerry

PDA

Sedona

L6ARDZ20CW

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T4

YES

HTC

PDA

Hero

NM8HERO200

CDMA

800 / 1900

M3/T3

YES

HTC

PDA

Desire

NM8PB99400

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4 / T3

YES

HTC

PDA

Wildfire

NM8PD06100

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T4

YES

HTC

PDA

Merge

NM8PD42100

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T4

YES

HTC

Mid

Coach

PP4Coach

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T4

NO

HTC

High

Desire C

NM80P4E100

CDMA

800/1900

M3/T4

Yes

HTC

High

ARD 6290

NM8PK76310

CDMA

800/1901

M4/T4

Yes

Huawei

Low

FT2260

QISFT2260

CDMA

800/1900

N/A

No

Innos

High

MN8

C0YI6CP

CDMA

800/1900

M4

Yes

Kyocera

Mid

S430

A3LSCHR430A

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4

NO

Kyocera

Mid

M1400

OVFK50-03

CDMA

800 / 1900

M3/T4

NO

Kyocera

High

2300

OVF-K5302

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T4

NO

LG

Low

300

BEJAX300

CDMA

800 / 1900

M3/T3

NO

LG

Low

230

BEJLG231C

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4

NO

LG

Mid

260

BEJLX260

CDMA

800 / 1900

M3/T3

NO

LG

Mid

265

BEJAX265

CDMA

800 / 1900

M3/T4

NO

LG

Mid

AN 200

BEJUN200

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T4

NO

LG

High

AN430

BEJUN430

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T4

NO

LG

High

AN 510

BEJUN510

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T4

NO

LG

High

370

BEJUX370

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T4

NO

LG

PDA

740

BEJVS740

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T3

NO

LG

High

8575

BEJVX8575

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T4

NO

LG

High

9250

BEJVX9200

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4

NO

LG

PDA

680

ZNFAS680

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T3

YES

LG

PDA

730

ZNFAS730

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T4

Yes

Motorola

PDA

Milestone

IHDP56KC1

CDMA

800 / 1900

M3/T3

YES

Motorola

PDA

Milestone Plus

IHDP56LK1

CDMA

800 / 1900

M3

YES

Motorola

PDA

Razr Maxx

IHDP56ME1

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T3

YES

Motorola

Mid

V3C

IHDT56FT1

CDMA

800 / 1900

M3

NO

Motorola

Mid

V3M

IHDT56FT1

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T4

NO

Motorola

High

W845

IHDT56KS1

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T3

NO

Motorola

PDA

Milestone X

IHDT56LB1

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T3

YES

Motorola

PDA

Milestone X

IHDT56LB1

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T3

YES

Motorola

High

Grasp

IHDT56LC1

CDMA

800 / 1900

M3/T3

NO

Motorola

PDA

Milstone 3

IHDT56MF2

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T3

YES

Motorola

PDA

Milestone X2

IHDT56MJ1

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T3

YES

Motorola

PDA

Defy

IHDT56NC2

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T3

YES

Motorola

PDA

X

IHDT56PB3

CDMA

800/1900

M3/T3

Yes

Motorola

Mid

V3A

 IHDT56HD1

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T4

NO

Pantech

High

8995

JYCAPACHE

CDMA

800/1900

M4/T4

Yes

Samsung

PDA

I100

A3LSCHI100

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4

YES

Samsung

PDA

Galaxy

A3LSCHI500

CDMA

800/1900

M4

Yes

Samsung

Low

R100

A3LSCHR100

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4

NO

Samsung

Low

R261

A3LSCHR261A

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T4

NO

Samsung

low

270

A3LSCHR270

CDMA

800/1900

M4/T4

NO

Samsung

Low

R390

A3LSCHR390

CDMA

800/1900

M4/T4

No

Samsung

PDA

Galaxy S3

A3LSCHR530

CDMA

800/1900

M4/T4

Yes

Samsung

High

R631

A3LSCHR631

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T3

NO

Samsung

Mid

R640

A3LSCHR640

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T4

NO

Samsung

PDA

R720

A3LSCHR720

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T3

YES

Samsung

PDA

Galaxy S2

A3LSCHR760

CDMA

800/1900

M4/T3

Yes

Samsung

PDA

Galaxy S4

A3LSPHL720

CDMA

800/1900

M3

Yes

Sonim

Mid

XP3405

W7PC21F007AA

CDMA

800/1900

M4/T3

NO

Sonim

Mid

xp3400

WYPC21F007AA

CDMA

800/1900

M4

NO

Sony Ericsson

High

Xperia Play

PY7A6880004

CDMA

800 / 1900

M4/T4

YES

Unimax

Low

570

U46-M570

CDMA

800/1900

M3/T3

No